There is no better strategy for impacting federal policy than advocacy. Join the Alliance's national advocacy efforts in 2014! Click on the campaign links to the left to learn more about getting involved in securing additional funding for key homelessness programs.

Members of Congress are much more likely to focus on ending homelessness if they understand how it affects people and programs in their district. The more they hear from constituents about how programs are preventing and ending homelessness in their district, the more likely they are to act. It's up to us to convince our Members of Congress to take action!

Many communities have reduced the number of people who are homeless by using efficient, solution-focused interventions. To continue making progress, especially in the midst of the current economic climate, adequate federal investments in affordable housing and homelessness assistance are critical. Advocacy is the best strategy to cultivate the political support needed to get the resources we need to prevent and end homelessness.

The pages in this section describe ongoing efforts to improve federal policy affecting people experiencing homelessness and how you can get involved. Get involved with the Alliance in 2015 by clicking on the campaign pages on the left. In conjunction with the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal, the Alliance will launch a dedicated campaign for FY 2016, focusing on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.

In addition, our Advocacy Tools and Advocacy Updates provide concrete steps for getting involved. If you would like to strategize about your organization's advocacy efforts, please contact Julie Klein, Policy Outreach Associate, or Jaime Colman, Conference Associate, at the Alliance.


Library Resources

Advocacy Resource | September 5, 2014
This report includes an overview of Capitol Hill Day 2014, a review of some of the key offices with which advocates met, and a summary of the impact that participants’ meetings have already had on federal policy.
Advocacy Resource | April 21, 2014
Advocates from across the country met with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill Day, July 31, 2014, and urged them to make ending homelessness a federal priority.
Webinar | January 2, 2014
In this recording of a webinar that originally streamed on December 17, 2013, speakers cover the major points of the FY 2013 Continuum of Care NOFA and discuss how prospective grantees should address their community's tiering and application processes